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Morning Briefing for February 4, 2011
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RedState has uncovered evidence – confirmed by the CDC’s own press office – that the Obama administration is deliberately playing “hide the ball” on nationwide abortion statistics. For apparently the first time in 40 years, the CDC’s annual “Abortion Surveillance Report” was not published, and there are “no plans” for the data to be produced at this time.
Beginning in 1969 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected data on legal abortions carried out in the United States through its Abortion Surveillance System. The report based on this data ordinarily appeared as an article in CDC’s professional journal, The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR) the week after Thanksgiving. The report lagged the data by three years, i.e., the 2006 data were printed in 2009.
Last year, contrary to the long-established practice, November came and went with no report posted on the CDC’s website. Over the following weeks, multiple visits to the site proved fruitless. The possibility the report was not merely delayed, but had in fact been axed from higher up, had to be considered.
Last week, RedState began investigating by calling those in DC who might have some answers. After several attempts, we finally received confirmation from Rhonda Smith at the CDC’s press office in Atlanta that the report has been buried indefinitely.
Members of Congress have been weighing in on the apparently deep-sixed CDC report, and they are not pleased.
RedState has also obtained a copy of a letter written by Senator Tom Coburn. In it, Coburn demands a response from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as to the CDC’s future plans regarding the report, and any internal documents touching on the decision to stop producing the report.
I was roundly attacked for calling the Republicans’ “Pledge to Nowhere” a lot of pablum.
Guess what? I was right. The Republicans wasted a bunch of ink and paper to put up a paper tiger of a sham and, channelling Jeremiah Wright, their chickens are coming home to roost.
The Republicans are championing cutting federal spending by $74 billion. There’s just one problem — they promised $100 billion in the first year. They did not, at the time, pro-rate it, but now they are.
There is a further problem too. The Republicans are cutting $74 billion from fiction.
They promised to save $100 billion in spending in the first year. But suddenly, they’re debating what the definition of the word “year” is, and whether we should “annualize” the cuts or consider them pro-rated. They are talking about how much to save under a Continuing Resolution vs. what they meant under the Obama budget. Now, the “leadership” says, they are going to let the conservatives cut more by offering amendments. One news story is saying the leadership is going to cut $32 billion. A post over at National Review slobbers over conservative-genius-and-savior-in-waiting, Paul Ryan and his proposal that supposedly gets us $74 billion in non-defense cuts (which Dan Holler points out is actually $42 billion short here).
Only in Washington.
Just cut $100 billion. Just cut it. Do it. Really… just do it.
Guess who it went to? That’s right. Jeffrey Immelt.
Let’s do a quick recap. As National Review points out, back in 2009, Obama awarded GE $24.9 million in stimulus funds, and “roughly $20 billion more slated for health care record modernization of the kind that GE specializes in — ‘with a direct request to do so from GE’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt.’” Then last month, the President appointed Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, to his Head Council of Competitiveness and Jobs.
The word truce is defined as “a suspension of hostilities for a specified period of time by mutual agreement of the warring parties; cease-fire; armistice.” In recent months, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has turned this word “truce” into a rallying cry for libertarians and a curse word for social conservatives by calling for the next president to forge a “truce” with social conservatives on the pursuit of social issues.